Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona time, TV channel, live stream, lineups, and betting odds for La Liga 2022/23

Barcelona hope to put a frustrating opening weekend behind them as they travel north to face Real Sociedad in their second La Liga game of the season.

Despite a productive pre-season and a host of new attacking weapons at their disposal, the Blaugrana were sidelined at home to Rayo Vallecano in a 0-0 draw last week. Recently acquired Robert Lewandowski is yet to make his mark in the Spanish top flight but could do so on the road this weekend.

Real Sociedad finished sixth in La Liga last season and will surely pose another defensive challenge for the Barcelona frontline, which is still building chemistry.

La Real got off to a winning start last weekend as they defeated newly promoted Cadiz 1-0 after former Real Madrid winger Takefusa Kubo scored his first goal. The Japan international found the net after 24 minutes and that was all they needed to secure the three points.

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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona TV Channel Live Stream

United Kingdom United States of America Canada Australia
date Sun, August 21st Sun, August 21st Sun, August 21st Mon, August 22nd
time 21:00 CET 16:00 CET 16:00 CET 06:00 CEST
TV channel first sport 1,
ITV4
stream premier player,
Amazon Prime Video
ESPN+ TSN Direct,
tsn app,
TSN.approx
Opus Sport
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UNITED KINGDOM: Sunday’s match between Real Sociedad and Barcelona from the Reale Arena in San Sebastian, Spain will be televised and streamed by Premier Sports with a free-to-air transmission on ITV4. The stream is also available on LaLigaTV via Amazon Prime Video.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: La Liga matches are available exclusively in English and Spanish on ESPN’s subscription-based streaming service ESPN+.

Canada: La Liga matches can be found in Canada on TSN platforms, with this match streamed exclusively via TSN Direct, the TSN App or TSN.ca.

Australia: Australia’s sole La Liga broadcaster is Optus Sport, which also broadcasts the Premier League across the country.

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Real Sociedad vs Barcelona predicted lineups and team news

Real Sociedad is missing a striker Mikel Ojarzabal who continues to recover and walk from a cruciate ligament tear Alexander Isak as captain in front.

They also lost defenders Diego Rico the third for the club with a hamstring injury last weekend Alex Sol and Carlos Hernandez also sidelined with similar problems. Aihen Munoz could replace Rico at left-back.

Otherwise, it is unlikely that coach Imanol will hack Alguacil and switch knowingly David Silva could be the key to open Barcelona at the back.

Estimated starting line-up of Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1): Remiro (GK) – Munoz, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Elustondo – Zubimendi, Merino – Mendez, Silva, Kubo – Isak.

The only player in the Barcelona squad not available for this game is the midfielder Sergio Busquets who was sent off in last week’s 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano. Busquets will only miss the one game after receiving his marching orders for a second yellow card.

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signing Jules Kounde are yet to be registered by the club as they navigate well-documented financial woes, hoping to hand over some of the squad’s salaries before the player registration deadline at the end of the month.

Otherwise, the entire Barcelona playgroup is available to choose from. Frank Kessy could be the option to replace the suspended busquets or one of them Sergi Roberto or Miralem Pjanic there might be options too.

Estimated starting line-up of Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen (TG) – Alba, Pique, Christensen, Araujo – Pedri, Kessie, Gavi – Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha.

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona bet selection and prediction

Odds on DraftKings (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada) and SkyBet (UK)

Real Sociedad have been a defensively oriented side in recent years, conceding 37 and 38 goals in the last two seasons.

However, that didn’t stop Barcelona. The Blaugrana scored five goals in the two games against La Real last season and eight between the two league games the year before, including a 6-1 away win at San Sebastian.

Look for a hungry Barcelona front line to feast on as they struggle to hit the bull’s eye and Robert Lewandowski should open his La Liga account. The Polish striker has been here before – after failing to score in his first Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich in 2014, he scored for his first Bayern goal the following week.

Given that Lewandowski made two straight league appearances in Germany last season without scoring a single goal, he’s a good bet to pick up three points for Barcelona in that game.

  • Choose: Barcelona wins & over 2.5 goals (+220 at DraftKings)
  • Forecast: Real Sociedad 1-3 Barcelona
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DraftKings Sports
interaction
SkyBet
Real Sociedad wins +230 3.29 12/5
To draw +250 3.47 5/2
Barcelona wins +105 2.06 11/10
Both teams
to score Y/N
-165 / +130 1.60 / 2.06 13.8., 5.6
over under
2.5 goals
-125 / +105 1.76 / 1.99 1.1., 11.8
Barcelona -0.5 +110 2.08
Real Sociedad +0.5 -130 1.73

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